Today is Earth Day, and dozens of local governments across the country are participating in a National Conversation on Climate Action.
Their goal: to develop local solutions to global climate change through interactive events that foster educational awareness and inspire action.
Several organizations are leading the National Conversation, including ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Earth Day Network and AmericaSpeaks. Other supporters include the American Planning Association, National League of Cities, Sierra Club and U.S. Green Building Council.
The National Conversation will focus on how local governments can address climate change through individual and community efforts.
“Earth Day 2009 arrives at a unique moment in history, and it demands an equally new, bold approach,” says ICLEI USA Executive Director Michelle Wyman. “We can create green jobs, boost the economy, drive clean energy solutions and fight global warming together, but it starts with a conversation.”
"Climate change affects everyone,” adds AmericaSpeaks President Carolyn Lukensmeyer. “All citizens must have the opportunity for open, informed dialogue with each other and the ability to work with decision-makers to take actions in their communities.”
Learn more about local government efforts by clicking here.